excerpt[ek sʉrpt′, ik-; also, and for n., always, ek′sʉrpt′]
- The definition of an excerpt is a quote from a book or film.
An example of excerpt is a passage from a novel.
- Excerpt is defined as to select quotations.
An example of excerpt is to choose a passage to cite in a research paper.
Origin of excerpt; from Classical Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out, choose ; from ex-, out + carpere, to pick, pluck ; from Indo-European an unverified form kerp- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, scrape from source harvest
transitive verbex·cerpt·ed, ex·cerpt·ing, ex·cerpts
- To select or use (a passage or segment from a longer work).
- To select or use material from (a longer work).
Origin of excerptFrom Middle English, excerpted, from Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out : ex-, ex- + carpere, to pluck; see kerp- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excerpts, present participle excerpting, simple past and past participle excerpted)
- To select or copy sample material (excerpts) from a work.